furnish

verb
fur·​nish | \ ˈfər-nish How to pronounce furnish (audio) \
furnished; furnishing; furnishes

Definition of furnish

transitive verb

1 : to provide with what is needed especially : to equip with furniture The inn is beautifully furnished.
2 : supply, give furnished food and shelter for the refugees

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Other Words from furnish

furnisher noun

Synonyms for furnish

Synonyms

accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], outfit, provision, rig, supply

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furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function. a sparsely furnished apartment equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use. a fully equipped kitchen outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation. outfitted the family for a ski trip appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings. a lavishly appointed apartment accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity. fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

Examples of furnish in a Sentence

The inn is beautifully furnished. He has enough money to furnish the apartment nicely. We'll furnish the food for the party. Can he furnish the information to us?
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According to the Press Herald, workers at Wayfair’s Brunswick, Maine, officers are also gathering to protest the company’s decision to furnish detention centers. NBC News, "Wayfair workers walkout to protest company's furniture sale to migrant detention center," 26 June 2019 Two cars are furnished by him and the other four are for his friends. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Whatever happened to the Minnesota Zoo monorail cars? A St. Paul guy turned some into cabins.," 22 June 2019 This house has many original features and is furnished by donations from Mary Edwards. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019 Democrats sought Trump’s tax returns under a 1924 law that directs the IRS to furnish such information when requested to the chairs of Congress’ tax-writing committees. Washington Post, "Justice backs Mnuchin’s refusal to turn over Trump’s taxes," 14 June 2019 The summons for Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former national security adviser Michael Flynn require them to furnish documents to the panel by June 26 and appear for testimony on July 10. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "House intelligence panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates," 13 June 2019 Equinox is teaming with co-working operator Industrious to offer furnished office space near the fitness company’s upscale gyms, the latest sign that the office, fitness and hospitality industries are starting to converge. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Equinox Gyms to Add Co-Working to the Workout," 14 May 2019 And of course, what would a Beauty and the Beast themed bar be without an overflowing library with French furnishing straight from Belle's wildest dreams? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Beauty And The Beast Themed Bar is Coming to Disney World," 29 Apr. 2019 This marks the first time that Alhadeff, known for moving into his Casa Perfect galleries in Beverly Hills and Greenwich Village, will furnish a residential building. Nicole Engelman, ELLE Decor, "The Most Beautiful Apartment on Earth Is in NYC and The Future Perfect Is Responsible," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of furnish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for furnish

Middle English furnisshen, from Anglo-French furniss-, stem of furnir, fournir to complete, equip, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frummen to further, fruma advantage — more at foremost

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The first known use of furnish was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for furnish

furnish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of furnish

: to provide (a room or building) with furniture
: to supply or give (something) to someone or something
: to supply or give to (someone) something that is needed or wanted

furnish

verb
fur·​nish | \ ˈfər-nish How to pronounce furnish (audio) \
furnished; furnishing

Kids Definition of furnish

1 : to provide with furniture furnish a house
2 : to provide with what is needed “I'm going to give you all a nice quiet cell—unless you furnish bail.”— Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
3 : to supply to someone or something We'll furnish food for the party.

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